The Sooners had their second scrimmage, before they close out fall camp, and according to Mike Houck's report on SoonerSports.com the offense was a bit sloppy.
"Penalties ate up about the first four drives," Lincoln Riley was quoted in Houck's report. "We were moving the ball fine, but every one of them got called back by penalty. I thought some frustration set in and then we forced some balls, dropped some balls kind of in the middle. And then at the end we played pretty good."
Oklahoma's offense was only able to get to the end zone twice in the 90-minute scrimmage with Baker Mayfield and Trevor Knight being the trigger men on the plays. Knight hit Jeffery Mead for a score and Mayfield hooked up with freshman receiver Dahu Green for the other.
Senior Durron Neal had a long reception in the scrimmage but at the end of the day it was the defense that was shining the brightest. The Sooners, running a four-man front, were able to get considerable pressure on the quarterbacks which resulted in disrupted plays and turnovers by the offense. Sophomore linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo apparently was stellar in the scrimmage. The Houston, Texas native recorded multiple sacks.
The Sooners have had two scrimmages now here in the last week of fall camp with the offense having an advantage in the first one and the defense getting the best of their teammates on the other side of the ball on Thursday. Now, you just have to dissect and answer the question of, why there's no consistency. The glass can either be half full in that they defense made significant strides over the last five days, or the quarterbacks are struggling in Riley's new offense.
I think the biggest nugget of information to come from Thursday's scrimmage is that OU is, in fact, running a four-man defense front. This will certainly raise curiosity over how the coaching staff handles four high-caliber linebackers and finding a way to get them on the field.
The Sooners will close out fall camp on Friday and then the university starts classes on Monday.